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Teens injured in rollover crash

Three teenage girls were injured in a rollover crash in Esko at 4:18 p.m. May 9.

Jenna Sturm, 16, a passenger in the car, sustained serious injuries and was extracted using the Jaws of Life. Aubree Stein, 17, and Sophia Kangas, 16, suffered minor injuries. All were transported by ambulance to the hospital.

According to the accident report, Stein, of Cloquet, was driving a Volkswagen Beetle west on Ratika Road approaching a railroad crossing. Her friends, Sturm and Kangas, were passengers.

"We get several complaints from residents every year and requests for extra patrol," Carlton County Sergeant Doug Rotta said.

The car reportedly gained speed before hitting the railroad crossing in an attempt to "get air." The car landed on the other side of the road, bottoming out and hitting a maple tree on the south side of the road.

The car then flipped back upright and landed in the middle of the dirt road. According to Rotta, the car rolled three times before coming to a stop.

Stein and Kangas were standing outside the car when Officer Justin Jokinen of the Carlton County Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene.

Sturm was wearing a lap belt. It is unknown if Stein or Kangas were wearing seat belts.

The Carlton County Attorney's Office is reviewing the crash for possible criminal charges.

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